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Rapper Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:42 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Kanye West has followed the Johnny Cash route and performed for inmates at a Houston jail. In secret from the public, the star rapper-turned-gospel singer performed songs Friday from his new gospel album “Jesus is King.” He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates...

And the Grammy nomination goes to...

Nov. 15, 2019 7:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — L may typically stand for “loser” but artists like Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X and Lewis Capaldi are likely to score big next week when the Grammy nominations are unveiled, with expected nods in key categories, from album of the year to record and song of the year. The...

‘Queen & Slim’ soundtrack a perfect mix of new and old songs

Nov. 15, 2019 3:29 PM EST

Various artists, “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack” (Motown) The trailer for upcoming film “Queen & Slim” packs a ton — intensity and beauty, flashes of lightheartedness and the strain of heaviness, too. In similar fashion, “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack”...

Kanye West wants to build amphitheater on his Wyoming ranch

Nov. 15, 2019 2:34 PM EST

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in Wyoming have received a building permit application from Kanye West for a proposed amphitheater on property owned by the rapper. West recently announced that he plans to move the headquarters of his shoe and clothing company, Adidas Yeezy, to Cody. He also wants to build a...

Rapper Eric B, jailed on 17-year-old warrant, released

Nov. 12, 2019 5:04 PM EST

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper and actor Eric B. has been released from a New Jersey jail after spending two weeks behind bars on a 17-year-old warrant. NJ.com reports that Eric B., whose real name is Eric Barrier, was released from Bergen County Jail on Tuesday where he had been held since Oct. 28....

Kanye West vows to move Yeezy manufacturing to the Americas

Nov. 7, 2019 7:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A few fun facts about Kanye West: He's running for president in 2024, he recited color psychology to wife Kim Kardashian West as she sat in a morning bath Thursday, and he was fired at 16 for shoplifting at the Gap where he worked. West, with Kim in tow, let loose with those pearls and more...

Rapper T.I. faces major backlash for 'hymen' comments

Nov. 7, 2019 3:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood and others on social media blasted T.I. after the rapper said he goes to the gynecologist with his daughter every year to make sure her hymen is "still intact." In an episode of the "Ladies Like Us" podcast that debuted this week, T.I. said that he takes "yearly trips to...

Northern Iowa head taking steps to address racism concerns

Nov. 7, 2019 11:15 AM EST

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa's president is forming a committee to address minority and other students' allegations of systemic racism on the Cedar Falls campus — allegations widely shared in a social media campaign. President Mark Nook took responsibility in a recent...

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins

Nov. 6, 2019 5:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party's election campaign. Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day...

APNewsBreak: Neptunes, Outkast, REM up for Songwriters Hall

Nov. 6, 2019 11:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Neptunes, the creative, innovative production-songwriting duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo who shaped pop and urban radio from the '90s well into the 2000s thanks to crafting hits for Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Beyoncé, are nominated for the...